Nike Tailwind

January 25th, 2012 by in The Collective

The return of a Nike favorite:

The first shoe to incorporate the Nike Air system, conceived by aerospace engineer Frank Rudy and developed with Nike as from 1977. Two research teams had secretly been working in the New Hampshire factories to solve various problems related with the insertion of compressed air in the intersole: the air capsule had to be stable and without leaks, which implied rethinking the whole production cycle for the application of that particular technology. Those efforts were repaid by the huge success of the first shoes to feature that cushioning system, the Tailwind. Athletes considered them a revolutionary product: many testers even refused to hand back the shoes once they’d completed their trials.

On sale soon at select Nike retailers. More pictures here.